Gloss, semi-gloss, low sheen, or matt? With each option offering different benefits, here are some helpful tips for choosing the sheen level that’s right for you.
Sheen refers to how shiny a paint is and how much light is reflected from its surface. Choosing the right level of sheen depends on what you are painting as well as your preferred finish.
While product quality is important, one of the most essential things to consider when selecting a sheen level is the amount of foot traffic in your home, including wear and tear on the surface. Rooms like kitchens will benefit from a more durable finish such as , while front doors and skirting might require a product like for ease of cleaning and reduced marking.
In addition to durability, the level of sheen in paint can impact the way colour appears. Higher gloss paints are shiny and therefore very reflective, which can sometimes make colours appear darker than their low sheen or matt counterparts.
Gloss paint is just that – glossy. The highly reflective finish is hard-wearing and easy to clean, so it is great for family homes. This type of paint is more durable than paints with a low sheen finish but may show some minor surface imperfections, so preparation is key. It is perfect for doors and architraves and available in Dulux Aquanamel®, a water-based alternative to enamels.
Semi-gloss paint has a slightly glossy appearance but isn’t as reflective as gloss paints. It has a satin sheen that is suitable for all interior surfaces, including walls, doors, trims and cupboards. It is also great for high-traffic areas in your home, such as kitchens and lounge rooms.
Low gloss paint dries with a hard-wearing and chip-resistant finish. It is designed to closely match your low sheen or matt wall paint with a lovely low gloss finish. Low gloss paint helps reduce the appearance of imperfections, making it an ideal choice for doors, windows and trims.
Low sheen paint forms a velvety finish that is super hard-wearing and easy to keep clean. It can also hide surface imperfections better than gloss paints. Low sheen paints are suitable for almost all interior surfaces and great for areas where frequent cleaning is necessary such as kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms.
Matt paint has low light reflection which gives it a stylish, sophisticated finish. The lower light reflection also helps hide surface imperfections, which can be helpful in family homes. We recommend using a matt finish to soften the effect of glare along hallways or in rooms with large windows.
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